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Three Ladies of Literacy in the Asia Pacific Region
Three Ladies of Literacy in the Asia Pacific Region

We're celebrating International Women's Day by sharing the stories of three remarkable women in the Asia Pacific region who have helped conquer basic literacy and workforce challenges.


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Women Empowered Through Literacy
Four women from Africa

Read the short stories of three women living in Africa how changed their lives through literacy.

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ESL Student Becomes a Successful Real Estate Agent


Flor was enrolled in Project BEST’s high school equivalency class. She attended classes two nights a week, and although she made progress, it wasn’t quick or easy. It was difficult for Flor to give it her all and provide all of her attention to preparing to take the GED—she is also a wife and a mother of three, and she worked full-time.

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3 Ways Literacy is Empowering Women in Africa


In 2016, with the support of The West Foundation, ProLiteracy started an international project to meet the specific needs of women in underdeveloped African countries. We are currently supporting a three-year health literacy pilot program with three sub-Saharan African non-governmental organizations by integrating health education into their basic literacy programs.

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How Spanish Literacy Helped Elma Write to Her Mother


Elma Velasquez recently completed the Leamos program at Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, Florida. Elma is 48 years old, and moved to the United States in 2002. She was born and raised in Mexico, suffering severe poverty as a child. As the first-born child in her family, she was not able to attend school. Instead, she worked in the cornfields with her dad and made brick and roof tiles to help support her family.

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